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Brawler Pugilist Style Ale | Yards Brewing Co.

292 Reviews
Brawler Pugilist Style AleBrawler Pugilist Style Ale

Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: English Dark Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The most approachable of our ales, Brawler is malt forward and delicately hopped for a knockout flavor. Its smooth character, hints of caramel and toast, and remarkable drinkability define this ruby colored brew as a true session ale. Perfect when you want to go more than a few rounds.

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

I was surprised at how good this beer is. Probably because of the ABV, which is a major beer snob "sin". The beer is average looking, as far as ascetics go, but is a dark clean looking beer. Will now be a go to session beer which will keep anyone from going overboard. This dark, malty beer is smooth as silk and very easy to drink. The body is medium and has a tart, plummy taste.

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Photo of MikeRa
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yards Brawler has a excellent brown, almost amber, looking color, most certainly from the malted barley that was used. You can also taste the hops that were use and smell the aroma of the hops. It has a unique taste to it. It does also have a nice aftertaste to it as well.

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Photo of Dope
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2/29/16 bottling date

A: A very dark brown pour, almost completely opaque. Good-sized frothy tan head. Quite good retention and fluffy tendrils of lacing to boot.

S: Bready for sure - lightly toasted. Even a little bit nutty. Smells like a weak brown ale pretty much.

T: Oh yeah, very bready now. Toasted bread crusts and a bit of a nutty flavor in the middle. A hint of caramel sweetness here and there.

M: Light-medium bodied. Smooth.

O: Yum. It's basically a session ale for people who don't want something bitter, belgian or sour. Not far from a light english brown or even an english bitter (without the bitter). This is definitely my kind of brew, I'm not a fan of lighter hoppy ales so the whole "sesssionable IPA" movement does nothing for me.

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Photo of jlandis
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep translucent brown with a thin to non-existent white head that quickly dissipates.

S - Crisp malty caramel with bready toasted grains.

T - Malty and simple with hints of caramel. Also picked up very subtle green apple yeast flavors.

M - Light and thin with restrained carbonation

D - Very drinkable! A perfect balance of flavor in a session beer. One of my favorites from Yards.

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A new brew from Yards which part of their mixed case. Pours with a thick head that laces nicely. Dark amber in color. Not much smell but a little malt. Tastes of smooth malt. Extremely drinkable. I would love to see this on cask. A worthy brew which would make a great session beer. Cheers.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A nice mild and refreshing brew. Brown with little head and lace . Softly carbonated.Toasted malts, tea, tofee and caramel aroma. Similar taste; dark toasted malts flavor, sweet from malts and some fruit, slightly stale tea, and mild hops. Light body overall but medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of pzrhsau
4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Good brownish amber color with a really decent head that sticks to the glass.
S: Nice and roasted malt aroma with some fruity notes.
T: Light crisp flavor of malt with some hoppy finish. The beer really has a good toasted nutty flavor at the finish.
D/M: VERY light and drinkable. Fits as a very good session beer that you can drink all day. It has enough weight to it to pair with food.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 3/4 inch head, dark brown in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: meadow, bark, and caramel malt—a very outdoorsy smell

Taste: pale malt, toffee, meadow, and a small touch of tea and chocolate

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, sweet start with a light bitter end/aftertaste, light bodied

Overall: A wonderful, sessionable beer that is very English in character. Nice and malty but the hops do just enough to balance this one out. I will look for this one again when I am in the Philly area.

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Photo of wampahoofus
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok, before I start, I can't think of a better name for a brew from Philly than "Brawler", at least among hockey fans! :-)

Nice dark brown color with creamy head. About 2 inches of head which fades quickly leaving behind a good deal of lacing.

Sweet aroma with lots of brown sugar and bit of fruit.

Lots of sweet malts to the taste. A bit a bitter hops lurking in the backgroud.

A nice balanced level of carbonation, giving the beer a bit of crispness.

This is a really nice English pub-style ale. Very enjoyable. Where are my fish and chips? Nice job, yards. Now behave yourself at the sporting events!

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An English Dark Mild Ale! Alright!

Appearance: Pours with a bit of head, dark brown in color.

Smell: Bready malt goodness.

Taste: Much like the smell, a nice ale with a flavors of malt, nuts, brown sugar and faint molasses. Hop character is minimal, just a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth yet prickly at the same time. Good amount of carbonation, medium bodied.

Drinkability: I love this style of beer. I could easily drink quite a few with no poor consequence.

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Photo of MadCat
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: A nice dark brown with a short tan head

Smell: Caramel and biscuity malts

Taste: Caramel and biscuity malts, light hops

Feel: Light body, good carb

Overall: A very good brew, something I would like to get more of as it is quite drinkable. I could have easily gotten a few more if the keg hadn't kicked

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Photo of bamadog
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review is from notes taken on 5/9/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass. I feel like I should note, this beer is from Philly, and being originally from the Pittsburgh side of Pennsylvania, I tend to have an automatic bias towards anything from Philly. However, this beer has shut that down, a very enjoyable offering and I would absolutely love to get some more of this and more offerings from Yards (this is my first from them).

Appearance: Pours a nice coppery/dark caramel color; starts with a 1/2 finger light tan head that fades quickly to an uneven, but full, cap on the surface; body is a little cloudy and shows strong carbonation throughout; very slight washes and spots of lacing are left behind.

Smell: A sweet maltiness with a light cocoa and very light coffee roastiness to it; a tall, wet graininess as well... I'm reminded of another beer at first, but can't quite put my finger on it here... More on this in the taste...

Taste: Quite nice... That tall wet graininess combines with the very slight cocoa/coffee (light roast) maltiness; not much beyond that, but it's simple, straightforward and quite good. It now dawns on me that this beer reminds me a little bit of Goose Island's Mild Winter.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is nice and lively, but not sharp; body is relatively light and leaves a slight coating on the roof of the mouth for a pretty clean finish, but leaves enough aftertaste to remind you of the pleasant flavors.

Drinkability: You know, this is kind of an all-day sessionable beer -- nice flavors that are solid but aren't going to wreck your palate; body isn't too heavy and the ABV is pretty manageable too... Cheers to Yards for this offering.

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Photo of IronLover
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is dark brown to nearly black with a reddish hue and good clarity. Nice foamy head that reduces to a thin white cap and lots of wet lacings on the glass. Sweet toasted malt aroma after the pour and nutty aromas when taking a sip. Dark fruit aromas kick up with a swirl of the glass. Light bodied with lazy carbonation. Toasted malt flavor in the front that tapers into a lightly bitter apple, dry finish with some nutty undertoneds as well. Very drinkable.

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Photo of
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer all around. Had it on tap at Stanley's Tavern in Delaware and then grabbed some bottles to take home. Can't beat this beer - just make sure you drink it while its cold!
Not a complex taste that jumps out at you but some good sweet malt flavor, almost no hoppy taste (although i am a bit of a hop head). Smell is of sweet hops, something else is in the smell...just can't put my finger on it.
If its on tap or in a bottle, do yourself a favor, get some!

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Photo of pvsob
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear cola color with a half inch head (off-white). Head vanishes very quickly and leaves very little lacing.

S- Bread crust, light caramel, damp earth, grassy hops, and just the faintest hint of fruitiness.

T- Mirrors the aroma, but with some brown sugar flavor towards the end. Malt, malt, and some more malt.

M- Light feel, but not watery. Low level of carbonation but there is a slight prickle on the tongue which is nice.

O- Going by the current trends of the craft beer world, this won't get many beer sippers all hot and bothered, but personally this beer really works for me. It's not going to beat you over the head with the flavor/aroma whomp stick, but it's a great example of a Dark Mild. Just another great ale from one of the most underrated breweries around. Recommended. Cheers.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: copper/amber shiny,

S: nutty, caramel, malt, mild fig/raisin, earthy

T: nutty, caramel, malt, dry raisin/fig crisp finish

M: light body, dry crisp

O: Never tried this style before,
but I really like it. Very nice
session style. Great gateway


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Photo of dbl_delta
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Undated bottle into pint glass. Pours a crystalline deep amber with a modest off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Initial impression is slightly sweet roasted malts and almost no bitterness. Medium mouthfeel. Surprising amount of flavor and substance in a low ABV beer. Finish is dry and roasted. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of jmalex
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Continuing my obsession with the "new" Yards, tonight's choice is Brawler.

APPEARANCE: Pours into an English imperial pint a mostly clear copper-bronze. A small, white head forms on top with a turbid pour and then shrinks to an almost full cap.

SMELL: A nicely balanced nose that doesn't shy away from the aromas. Some really English hops give off their earthy and grassy smells with some biscuity and toasty malt coming up to match with a touch of caramel. Some mild English esters show themselves slightly but don't outshine the malt and hops.

TASTE: The flavors are very, well, mild. A much cleaner, pale English malt flavor dominates for most of it with a matching bitterness staying way out of the limelight. Alongside is a much more forward ester profile with a decent bit of diacetyl. Towards the finish, some hop flavor comes on to match with the tiniest bit of roastiness following that.

MOUTHFEEL: Light bodied and low carbonation. This is usually a recipe for disaster, eliciting the dreaded "watery" remark, but this one has enough dextrines to make the mouthfeel seem much more robust than it is. I like.

DRINKABILITY: I'd sure hope this can pull good numbers here. 4.2% is real nice and makes it a real, honest-to-goodness session beer.

Yards has a nice one here. There's definitely a gap in the market for a style like this, and there's gotta be some room in my fridge for a beer like this. Perhaps I'll be upgrading this single bottle to a six pack in the near future.

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Photo of noel2977
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i just don't think people understand session brews... or, are too focused on the hop bombs and high alcohol projects to appreciate this style.
Yards Puglist, at 4.2% clocks in at an appreciably low ABV yet takes on the English style well. Malty aromas highlight the amber brew. Its taste profile starts off malty, has some slight fruity sweetness to it that mingles nicely with the bready maltiness, a hint of yeast, leading to a nice profile finish. Not overly complex, but accomplishes exactly what its brewed for. Kills any macro-brew.
I'd love to try this on cask.

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Photo of number1bum
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark copper color, or more like a light brown, with about one finger of light tan head. Looks softly carbonated (as it should be), and keeps only a very thin, wispy lace.

Smell has some toasty grain and caramel but is pretty weak. I wasn't expecting a blast here but a bit mroe would be nice.

Taste is essentially a combination of some caramel malt with a bit of toffee flavor to it, plus some lightly toasted grain character. There is also a touch of fruit, like plums I'm thinking. It's smooth and has a nice amount of flavor.

MOuthfeel is light bodied with soft carbonation. Finishes pretty clean.

This is a very drinkable, easily sessionable brew. A mild isn't something I'd reach for with regularity, mainly because I suppose I've become corrupted by extreme beers and I love being smacked around by huge blasts of flavor, but this is a great beer for just kicking back and enjoying without thinking much about it. A nice addition to their variety case.

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Photo of Finn
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a fresh Yards variety case. Served in a imperial pint glass.
Color is a ruddy red with brilliant clarity. A creamy head rests on top, and dissipates after anfew minutes. Aroma is mild chocolate/roasted malts, with a very "grainy" aroma, which is a bit sharp. Smells most similar to a brown ale. Flavor is of mild roasted malts and a tad of bitterness to balance it out. There is a very subtle sweetness behind the roasty flavors. The finish is a bit astringent, much like the sharp grainy aroma, but this isn't a bad thing. Moutfheel is on the lighter side of things, but we're not talking bud light here: there's still a little something to chew on, and it's a little creamy, and the carbonation is moderate.
Drinkability? As the label states, yes, you could drink a few rounds of this. It's a unique "Brown Ale Light", and worth a shot.

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Photo of SPRichard
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

poured from 12oz bottle into my sam adams sensory glass

two fingers of head but disappeared quick....not much in the way of carbonation but the etching in the bottom of the glass pushed what was in there up to the top...dark cherry red color...minimal lacing

malty nose with a hint of citrus...very malt forward taste....light carbonation in the mouth

excellent session beer from a great local brewery...like the label says "for when you want to go a few rounds"....unlike Ricky Hatton vs Pac-Man you'll still be on your feet at the end of the night after a few of these

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Photo of david18
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the ubiquitous beer on the Jersey Shore where I spent the last week in august. In general this beer packs a lot of interesting flavor especially for something as low in alcohol as this, much like a british mild.

Appearance is a dark brown, with a brown head. Not very frothy but enough carbonation throughout.

Smell is very malty. Sweet with carmel hints and dark fruit.

Flavor is also very malty and full. Carmel in the flavor as well with a lot of body.

Overall a very easy to drink beer with a lot going on.

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Photo of Greenst82
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice dark chestnut color. Small amount of head that dissipates pretty quickly

S - Malty, some great toasty aromas.

T - Lots of flavor, toasted nuts, bready and malty with some slight hints of hops coming through.

M - Pretty light, but not bad. Nice finish.

D - Very drinkable. I could see myself getting into quite a few of these without tiring of it.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - a nice clear amber pour with a good amount of head

S - got a fruit whiff of cherries, grapes and pear, smells like a light barley wine, cinammon, and other spices i can't put a thumb on

T - a little smokey, taste of rye, malty sweet, a hint of chocolate. not getting any of the tastes of fruits in the aroma.. kind of weird but still delicious

M - creamy but watery like a cheap stout (guiness haha) makes it nice and easy to go down, a rich creamy fizzy head finds its way down your throat and makes it all that much more pleasant to drink!

O - this is a pretty awesome beer from a very awesome brewery. really hoping to get to do the bbq cook off there again this summer! hopefully i'll go in with more knowledge of their brews and get to taste this stuff on tap!

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Brawler Pugilist Style Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.
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